What's New Combatting Lake Erie algae (7/7) To combat the growing threat of toxic and nuisance algae development in Lake Erie, the U.S. and Canada have committed, through the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, to develop revised binational phosphorus load reduction targets for Lake Erie by February, 2016.
PCBs still of concern for Toronto waterfront fish Great Lakes Echo (6/26) Mercury levels are down in sport fish species along the Toronto waterfront, but PCB levels remain above levels considered safe for human consumption, according to a new study.
Pollution possible cause of Lake Ontario eel decline Great Lakes Echo (6/22) Along with overfishing, parasites and dams, pollutants may be responsible for the drastic decline of the snake-like eel in Lake Ontario, according to a study that will be published this October in the journal Science of the Total Environment.
Phosphorus goals won’t quickly fix Lake Erie algae woes The Columbus Dispatch (6/16) Scientists who study Lake Erie are applauding an international plan to reduce the phosphorus that flows into the lake, feeding toxic algae that contaminates drinking water and contributes to giant “dead zones” where nothing can survive.
TEACH Great Lakes: Water Pollution Water pollution is defined as a change in the chemical, physical and biological health of a waterway due to a human activity: sewage disposal, toxic contamination through heavy metals and pesticides, overdevelopment of the water's edge, and more...
Water Environment Federation WEF is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization that provides a range of materials describing today's water quality issues, including household hazardous waste, biosolids recycling, and watershed management.
Water Pollution in Canada Environment Canada's Freshwater Web Focuses on toxic substances in the aquatic environment, effects of pollution, and control mechanisms.
Envirofacts U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) A relational database that integrates data from four major USEPA program systems: Permit Compliance System; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Information System; Toxic Release Inventory System; and Resource Conservation and Recovery Information System.
Great Lakes Regional Air Toxic Emissions Inventory Great Lakes Commission The Great Lakes states are creating this regional database, which will establish a baseline using 1993 data on point and area source emissions of 49 toxic air pollutants identified as significant contributors to the contamination of the Great Lakes.
Networks EXtension TOXicology NETwork Univ. of California, Davis, Michigan State, Oregon State and Cornell Universities This cooperative network includes a wide range of resources related to toxicology.
FoodWatch Environmental Defence Canada FoodWatch provides meaningful information and effective tools for making informed decisions about food safety, and act on these decisions to achieve better human and environmental health.
Fox River Watch A project of the Clean Water Action Council of northeastern Wisconsin, this site contains extensive information for the public about PCB contamination of the Fox River and Green Bay, the proposed cleanup, and health effects of exposure to PCBs.
Great Lakes Human Health Effects Research Program Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry The ATSDR research program is designed to investigate and characterize the association between the consumption of contaminated Great Lakes fish and short- and long-term harmful health effects.
Great Lakes Mid-Atlantic Center for Hazardous Substance Research The mission of the Center is to foster and support integrated, interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts that advance and benefit human and environmental health and well-being. Investigators from the universities join forces to tackle issues related to the development and application of bioremediation technologies for contaminated soils and groundwater.
Lake Michigan Mass Balance Study U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) Mass balance studies are a scientific method for evaluating the sources, transport and fate of contaminants entering a water system, and the effects of those contaminants on water quality. See also Mass Balance Public Outreach, Lake Michigan Federation.
An Advocate's Field Guide to Protecting Lake Michigan Alliance for the Great Lakes After two years of research by organizations around Lake Michigan, this guidebook identifies basinwide threats; it is organized into three chapters: habitat restoration, toxic elimination and land and water conservation.
Contaminated Sediments and the Great Lakes University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute This fact sheet explains how contaminants build up in sediment, how they affect the food chain and why the Great Lakes are susceptible.
Lake Michigan Mass Balance Study U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) Mass balance studies are a scientific method for evaluating the sources, transport and fate of contaminants entering a water system, and the effects of those contaminants on water quality.
Niagara River Toxics Management Plan U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) Since 1987, the Niagara River has been the focus of attention for four environmental agencies in the United States and Canada that are committed to reducing toxic chemical contamination.
Wisconsin Mercury SourceBook U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) Intended for use by anyone involved in drafting a reduction plan for mercury, including sewerage districts, community or trade associations, and government agencies.